Once you read through the following text, the choice will be clear and easy!
|Here we go!||UFE||Myomectomy|
Type of surgery
(The iPhone of procedures!)
|Conventional surgery (Cutting through the belly!)|
|Length||Same day procedure||Hospital stay|
|Time||One hour procedure||3-5 hours|
|Recovery||5-7 days||6-8 WEEKS!|
|Anesthesia||Deep sedation (IV)||General anesthesia|
|Scars||None||Incisions and holes|
|Excessive blood loss
Venous and pulmonary thromboembolism
|Never||Real risk on subsequent pregnancies|
Now get this:
You probably have heard of “Fancy new surgery techniques for myomectomy and hysterectomy” advertised out there such as Laparoscopy, LAAM, Dual Port, robotic, etc.
You have also probably noticed that their advertising focus is mainly on the size of the skin incision and time of surgery…
What you never hear is the following:
These procedures are still just conventional surgery!! They cannot be called minimally invasive. The only minimally invasive procedure for fibroids is the UFE.
These procedures are not a definitive one-stop shop. Your fibroids will come back 60% of the time.
These procedures do cut through the lining of your uterus which is more likely to cause thickening of your lining and recurrent bleeding with a vengeance down the road. We see that all the time!
The risk of hysterectomy secondary to complications is real and you will have to sign a consent for hysterectomy ahead of time!
Instruments for these procedures will be introduced in your abdomen.
The risk of converting to a big incision during these procedures is real.
Instruments will manipulate, move, and cut through structures that have nothing to do with the uterus.
The risk of injury to other organs is real, especially to the bladder, urine tubes and the bowel.
The risk of infection and abscess formation is real.
Adhesions and scars will form after these procedures.
Here’s a quick glance at the complication list of myomectomies:
- Abnormal attachment of the placenta
- Preterm labor
- Uterine rupture
- Uterine rupture can cause:
a. Oxygen deprivation to the fetus.
b. Brain damage to the fetus.
c. Cerebral palsy to the fetus.
d. Fetal death.
e. Severe bleeding for the mother.
In fact, The World Fibroid Registry has clearly indicated that uterine rupture after myomectomy is grossly underreported or overlooked.